DeMarcus Cousins is rarely at a loss for words. And the Kings center is working to make sure his teammates hear them.

Cousins' evolution as a leader continues in his third season. It's a role Cousins embraces, but he's still learning the best way to get his message across to teammates.

"I'm trying (to lead)," Cousins said. "Just in a better way that will be accepted more and accepted better."

It's one thing to be a fiery leader. But if that intensity disturbs teammates, Cousins might as well be talking to a wall.

Cousins is a bright player, but his observations and messages are often ignored if they are shouted to teammates. It's something Kings coaches and players have relayed to Cousins, who says he's listening.

"Sometimes you may be asking a valid question, but your demeanor and demonstrative way puts out that it's more than it really is," said coach Keith Smart. "So you have to figure out a way, how do I communicate to my teammate?"